The Bhagavad Gita states “The yogis, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification. The steadily devoted soul attains peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me [Krishna]; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of their their labor, becomes entangled” (5.11-12)
The health of the planet, the purity of the air and water we thrive on effects our own health; one’s health depends on the health of Earth. We are not separate.
It’s a little bit frightening to realize this and consider where our planet is at…
Many swamis have said that the external world is a reflection of our internal world. How is the state of our environment reflecting what’s happening within us?
We come to our sadhana to improve ourselves first and then it ripples out to effect our environment.
So for yoga teacher training on Earth Day, we engaged in some karma yoga, as pictured above: seed bombs. These are balls of clay and wildflower seeds to plant in neglected spaces.
To make a seed bomb get some overworked clay from a local potter to recycle- it should be moist but not a slurry. Get your seeds, ones that can grow independently, and a little compost to give them some nutrients.
It’s 3-5 parts clay to 1 part seeds, 1 part fine or sifted compost. Of course I don’t measure, so I recommend grabbing 1 inch diameter ball or hunk of clay, flatten, and then sprinkle your compost and seeds in the middle. Fold the clay around it, start to ball it and work it it becomes an even mixture and you might be able to add some more seeds in. If you mix in too much, the clay will crumble, so just split it into two and add a little more clay to each.
Let them dry for at least a few hours and then find some neglected spaces to spread some beauty! Think about if someone is mowing or weed wacking the space and avoid planting seeds there…
Finally offer your seeds up to that which is Supreme.
For more detailed instructions on seed bombs: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/diy-seed-bombs